Posting to using the API

Mon 05 November 2012 by Lars Kellogg-Stedman Tags api has a very simple api that allows one to POST and DELETE articles. POSTing an article will place it in the appropriate Dropbox directory and make it available on your blog all in one step.

Here is how you could use this API via Curl:

curl \
       -d …
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Automatic configuration of Windows instances in OpenStack, part 1

Sun 04 November 2012 by Lars Kellogg-Stedman Tags openstack windows

This is the first of two articles in which I discuss my work in getting some Windows instances up and running in our OpenStack environment. This article is primarily about problems I encountered along the way, while the second article focuses on the mechanism I eventually put in place.

Motivations …

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Generating random passwords in PowerShell

Sun 04 November 2012 by Lars Kellogg-Stedman Tags powershell windows passwords

I was looking for PowerShell solutions for generating a random password (in order to set the Administrator password on a Windows instance provisioned in OpenStack), and found several solutions using the GeneratePassword method of System.Web.Security.Membership (documentation here), along the lines of this:

Function New-RandomComplexPassword ($length=8)
    $Assembly …
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Waiting for networking using PowerShell

Sun 04 November 2012 by Lars Kellogg-Stedman Tags powershell networking windows

I've recently been exploring the world of Windows scripting, and I ran into a small problem: I was running a script at system startup, and the script was running before the network interface (which was using DHCP) was configured.

There are a number of common solutions proposed to this problem …

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Growing a filesystem on a virtual disk

Wed 24 October 2012 by Lars Kellogg-Stedman Tags virtualization kvm storage

Occasionally we will deploy a virtual instance into our KVM infrastructure and realize after the fact that we need more local disk space available. This is the process we use to expand the disk image. This process assumes the following:

  • You're using legacy disk partitions. The process for LVM is …
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